Archive for April, 2010

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Kokopelli

April 28, 2010

I recently did the quilting on this southwestern design quilt.

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If you look closely it now has Kokopelli dancing all over it.

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The thread is Superior Threads, Rainbows; color: Brass Band.

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Warm Winter Cheer

April 26, 2010

I made a little progress on Warm Winter Cheer last week.

A few more stars:

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And a Christmas tree:

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That tree is going to need a bright star at the top and some embellishment!

 

Related post:

Warm Winter Cheer

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Fiesta Sampler

April 23, 2010

IMG_5218 Skye Daniels brought this colorful quilt top to me for quilting. Skye always works with bright cheerful colors!

In the borders I am using a pattern from Darlene Epp’s Borders and Sashing pocket guide. Ms Epp’s pocket guides are a great source of inspiration.

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Here it is on the back.

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And in the sashing I am using a simple meander.

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I haven’t started quilting the blocks yet. I’m still pondering the thread to use. I’m leaning toward a Rainbows variegated;

maybe… Citrus Cooler  thread1 

or… Mango Mango.  thread2

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Warm Winter Cheer

April 19, 2010

I have almost three rows of Warm Winter Cheer finished.

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When I was in college one of my drawing professors always emphasized, “Bring the whole drawing up together!” By that he meant to never let one area of the drawing to get to a more advanced stage of completion than the rest of the drawing; keep the whole drawing at the same stage of completion.

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So, applying that to quilting I suppose that means I should make all the blocks before assembling any of the blocks with the sashing. That way the whole quilt would be brought up together.

I always feel a little guilty because I don’t work that way. I like to go ahead and finish a little bit of the quilt ahead of time so that I can see that all of the colors I’m using in the blocks looks good with the colors in the sashing and borders and that everything is working together.

But I also think a little bit of it comes from the fact that I get terribly bored with making the same blocks over and over so I jump ahead! But I’m at the point now where I need to just start cranking out those blocks, bored or not!

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Guild Presentation

April 18, 2010

Toby Lischko gave the presentation at the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild yesterday. It was a great presentation. Toby had lots of wonderful tips to share with us and also lots of great quilts to show; my favorite being Geese on the Loose. If you ever get the chance to see her presentation I highly recommend going!

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Baylor Bears

April 14, 2010

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One of my customers made this quilt for a Baylor University graduate. Since the Baylor mascot is a bear, the quilting is in the shape of bear paw prints.

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Warm Winter Cheer

April 12, 2010

I got a few more blocks completed for my Warm Winter Cheer quilt.

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Take a look at the top left corner… how did that blue square get into the center of that gold star?!!! And further more, why did I not notice it until it was completed and hanging on the design wall? Sewing in my sleep again, I guess!

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Much better!

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I’m considering using some sashing. What do you think?

Related post:

Warm Winter Cheer

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Two Finishes

April 9, 2010

One of my customers made this precious little baby quilt.

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I quilted a Baptist Fan pattern on it with a very light blue thread.

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Also, my daughter’s quilt is finished.

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I put a pieced binding on it. I thought it was going to be a very time consuming thing to do, but as it turned out it was not bad at all. I had lots of scraps cut to the right size left over from the quilt. So it was just a matter of getting them all sewn together. I think it gives a nice finish to the edge.

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We used a wool batting in this quilt and it is so luxurious! It is warm, but it breathes nicely so that it doesn’t get too hot. I love it!!

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Warm Winter Cheer

April 5, 2010

There is a new quilt on my design wall this morning. This one is based on Lynette Jensen’s quilt Winter Memories, although mine will end up being quite different from it I’m sure.

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I worked on the snow men blocks first. I changed them from Lynette’s appliqué snow men to appliquéd and embroidered snow men from Anita Goodesign’s Snow Fun collection.

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And so far I have made one of the appliqué snowflake blocks. These babies take a lot of time!! *Sigh* Yes, all of the edges are turned.

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Think I will work on a star next…

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Vincent

April 2, 2010